First STT Cross-Island Challenge Donates Profits to Charity
On Friday August 6, representatives of the first annual STT Cross-Island Challenge presented Ella’s Hope Inc. with a check for $ 25,574.63 as proceeds from the Charity Cycling Challenge held on July 3.
Defended by the Left Lane Cyclers, the first STT Cross-Island Challenge aimed to present recreational cycling in the VI as fun, healthy and charitable. Proceeds from this first run were donated to Ella’s Hope, a local nonprofit organization founded to raise funds for a cure for Rett Syndrome, a devastating and debilitating neurodevelopmental disease with no cure. Ella’s Hope was established in 2017 by Shaine Gaspard and his wife, Lauren, after their daughter Ella was diagnosed with the disease.
Members of the Left Lane Cyclers as well as a representative of one of the title sponsors, The Strategy Group, presented Shaine Gaspard, founder of Ella’s Hope, the donation check representing all donations from the community and the money collected for registration to races.
Gaspard said, “On behalf of Ella’s Hope and the tens of thousands of little girls who suffer from Rett Syndrome and are quietly waiting for a cure, I would like to warmly thank the TSG Foundation, Haugland VI, the Southland Gaming community, the amazing people from the Left Lane Cyclers and the whole community that supported this race. The cyclists of Left Lane have found something unique and used it in the service of others. We are proud to say that 100% of this check will go directly to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust to fund the search for a cure for Rett Syndrome.
John Engerman, Chairman of the TSG Foundation, said: “The TSG Foundation and The Strategy Group are really proud to be involved in this great activity. Through our foundation, TSG engages in activities and services that will directly benefit our neighborhoods and our community. Together with Shaine and her family, we urgently hope that these funds will help find a cure for Rett syndrome. “
Left Lane Cyclers is a recreational cycling club based in St. Thomas. In collaboration with the cycling clubs based in Sainte-Croix, www.cyclevi.org was created to be a central source of information for all recreational cycling events and opportunities in the USVI. The first annual STX Cross-Island Challenge will take place October 1-3 in Sainte-Croix to support cancer prevention and awareness. A. Galiber Breast Cancer Foundation and Ribbons for a Cure Inc. Registration is available at www.cyclevi.org.